Rekindling an old flame

How much wood would you chuck, if you could chuck wood? Juliet Arnott wouldn't chuck any of it.

 How much wood would you chuck, if you could chuck wood? Juliet Arnott wouldn't chuck any of it.

Having grown up on a farm, Juliet Arnott always appreciated the value of wood.

That’s why she launched Rekindle last year, an organisation taking waste wood from demolished buildings and transforming it into lovingly crafted, quirky furniture.

Arnott’s mission with Rekindle is two-fold. Firstly, she hopes to help communities make full use of their waste wood, reducing the amount of valuable wood sent to landfills throughout New Zealand. Secondly, she links with youth organisations, providing many young people with their first job and woodwork skills, then helping them move on to apprenticeships, tertiary education, or future employment.

“We’re transforming the waste wood, but it’s also transformative for young people who are exposed to this kind of meaningful work for the first time,” Arnott says.

Rekindle has an active presence in Christchurch, establishing a workshop in the city and liaising with demolition companies and the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority (CERA) to gain access to wood that would otherwise be sent to landfill.